Avoid scams

Scams & Risks

Ask the right questions

  • What is your name and what company do you represent?
  • Who owns your company?
  • what is your address?

If they avoid answering these questions, the deal they are offering you is probably a scam.

Do your own checks

  • Always do your own research on a company
  • Check the company’s Australian Fincancial Services (AFS) licence

Protect your personal information

  • Do not give out any personal, banking or credit card information to anyone
  • Check your bank and credit card statements every month
  • Destroy all documents with your personal information on them
  • Choose passwords that are hard to work out and never share your password with anyone else
  • Avoid using the same password
  • Be careful what you post online and, if you can, try to limit what you share.
  • Make sure your privacy settings are up to date on social media accounts and share personal information with ‘friends only’

Secure your computer and mobile device by using private passwords

  • Delete and do not open any unsolicited or suspicious emails you receive, and if you have opened them, do not click on any links in these emails.
  • Enable security settings on your computer and mobile devices and install current anti-virus programs.

Reduce telemarketing calls

  • You can put your name on the Do Not Call Register to remove your name from telemarketing phone lists.

Avoiding scams

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.